A cheaper India‏ fuels growth in tourism

10th Jul 2013

India's appeal as a favourite tourist destination has become even further enhanced - thanks to a rapid depreciation in the rupee.

With its myriad cultural sites, such as the Taj Mahal at Agra, various festivals and events, and stunning wildlife, it is not as if India needs a helping hand in the popularity stakes.

But the plunging rupee has led to a discount of 15% to foreign travellers, leading to a jump in winter bookings of at least 10-12%.

This means good news for holidaymakers on religious-based specialist tours to join in on the festival of Eid or Id-Ul-Fitr

It marks the finish of Ramadan and means "to break the fast with joy".

The festival starts on the first day of the tenth month, Shawwal, of the Islamic calendar, and is celebrated for three successive days.

Eid is commemorated by food and flavours, exchange of gifts, and evening packed with tranquil prayers.

The custom is to wash yourself, wear new attire and put on scent.

Holidaymakers from around the globe visit to savour the Eid congregations and fairs at major mosques such as Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid.

The food and the fairs during the festival enchant people across all religions and area of life.

Special Eid cuisine features Seviyan and Shir Korma, which can be sampled at the majority of restaurants and food-stalls during the occasion.

Festival visitors can find an extensive variety of traditional silk clothing to wear and can get intricate henna designs on their hands.

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